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Dean Kremer shutout and Adley Rutschman homer lead Orioles to 6-0 win over Astros – The Denver Post

Adley Rutschman did something he had never done in the majors on Friday night. A 2-1 curveball from Dean Kremer got by the Orioles’ standout receiver, the first passed ball of Rutschman’s career. He entered the game for the Houston Astros with the second-most innings taken without one this season.

This was perhaps the only mistake of the night for the battery. Kremer worked the top of that fourth inning en route to a shutout that marked the Orioles’ third straight dominant outing, while Rutschman homered in the bottom half as part of a day in which he hit base four times in Baltimore’s 6-0. defeat the Astros.

The Orioles (79-71) entered Wednesday with just two eight-inning or more outings in manager Brandon Hyde’s four seasons, but have since had three in a row. Jordan Lyles pitched a full one-point game in Wednesday’s series finale with the Detroit Tigers, and Kyle Bradish missed a shutout in Thursday’s series opener with Houston. Kremer had one more out than Bradish and allowed one shy of Lyles for the Orioles’ first shutout by a starter since John Means’ no-hit in May 2021. It was the 15th shutout in the Baltimore team this season, their most since recording 16 at Camden. Yards inaugural campaign in 1992.

Rutschman’s solo shot to center gave him 12 for the season, tying him for second most for an Orioles rookie receiver. He added a brace in the seventh to contribute to a six-point outburst.

The inning opened with three lightly hit singles, the last on a check swing by rookie Terrin Vavra, who was inserted into the lineup late due to Ramón Urías neck spasms. Jorge Mateo gave up a sacrificial bunt attempt but reached an error that loaded the bases for Cedric Mullins, who quickly kicked a two-run single down the middle. After Mateo was ejected trying to steal his third base of the night, Rutschman doubled to a left to bring Mullins home.

That buffer allowed Hyde to push Kremer further than he had Bradish in Thursday’s 2-0 win. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed a single to open the ninth but recorded two outs around a strikeout to end the game on 106 pitches.

For the third night in a row, the Orioles starter received a Gatorade bath on the field after a win.

This story will be updated.

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